Younger students (13-14 years old) have a unique opportunity to attend an immersive course in a top world university at a relatively early stage in their university preparation. They complete a similar exciting programme to the older students (15-18 years old) comprising workshops, lectures, projects, activities and visits, including an education seminar and mentoring sessions with current Cambridge Undergraduates. As the younger participants are typically studying GCSEs (or equivalent) in school, they focus on A-level (or equivalent) subject choices as part of their longer-term university preparation, rather than personal statement writing, interview practice and personal development planning. See a sample 2-week timetable and 3-week timetable for 13-14 year olds.

Students who are not taught in English will complete a short English placement test when they arrive to ensure they are assigned to the right level of class with other students of a similar age and English ability. The level and pace of teaching will be adapted to suit the students’ needs and one-to-one support will be given to students who are experiencing difficulties.

At 13 or 14 years old, students can start building a strong foundation to prepare for university applications. By researching and planning their subject choices, developing effective study and communication skills and seeking out relevant extra-curricular activities, they will significantly improve their capabilities and move more confidently towards their goals.

Laura Davies, Managing Director Cambridge Dream